50. New Hartford Senior High School
New York Ranking: 50; National Ranking: 399
Graduation Rate: 99%
College Readiness Index: 59.6
Student to Teacher Ratio: 17:1
New Hartford Senior High School is ranked 50th within New York. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at New Hartford Senior High School is 71 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 13 percent. New Hartford Senior High School is the only high school in the New Hartford Central School District.
50. Del Norte High
Graduation Rate: 98%
California Ranking: 50; National Ranking: 334
College Readiness Index: 62.2
Student to Teacher Ratio: 28:1
Del Norte High is ranked 50th within California. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Del Norte High is 72 percent. The student body makeup is 53 percent male and 47 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 50 percent. Del Norte High is 1 of 6 high schools in the Poway Unified.
50. KIPP Houston High School
Graduation Rate: 94%
Texas Ranking: 50, National Ranking: 297
College Readiness Index: 64.2
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1:15
KIPP Houston High School is ranked 50th within Texas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at KIPP Houston High School is 100 percent. The student body makeup is 48 percent male and 52 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 100 percent. KIPP Houston High School is 1 of 4 high schools in the KIPP Inc Charter.
25. Tufts University
Location: Medford, Massachusetts
Median starting salary: $53,800
Median mid-career salary: $119,700
No matter what students hope to do after graduation, the Tufts career center wants to help them get there. The center partners with students to develop the skills and contacts needed to start their careers through LinkedIn seminars, internship workshops, and information on alternative types of jobs and career paths.
30. Dickinson College
A commitment to “informed empathy” makes Dickinson College a good contender for students looking to “engage the world”—the school motto. Fittingly, more than 60% of each graduating class studies abroad during their time at Dickinson and the school ranks eighth among small schools that send graduates to the Peace Corps. The student/faculty ratio is an astounding 9-to-1. Perhaps this intimate atmosphere is a reason for Dickinson’s graduation rate: An incredible 84% —one of the highest in the state. Concerned about the price tag of your investment? While Dickinson may not be front of the line for cheap colleges in Pennsylvania, Bloomberg Businessweek calls it one of its “Holy Grail” schools noted for its high return on investment.
Net Price: $33,457/yr
Total Score: 71.57
30. Loyola University Chicago
A Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition, Loyola University in Chicago provides students with a diverse, inclusive community that thrives on the shared values of faith, justice, and learning. One of the biggest cities in the U.S. serves as a vibrant backdrop for the stately campus, which houses 11 different schools and colleges – including the Quinlan School of Business and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Greek life is an important aspect of Loyola as well, and the campus supports nearly 20 chapters – each with their own values and approach to community service. But if you’re not the fraternity or sorority type, that’s OK too: there are more than 200 student organizations for people whose interests range from anime to vegan diets.
Net Price: $31,069/yr
50. Emory University
Founded in 1836 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Emory University has evolved into one of country’s highest-rated institutions of higher learning. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university, located near Atlanta, Ga., the 20th best college in the nation in its 2012 Best Colleges report. It also ranked it 19th in best value, 23rd of the best business graduate schools, and the 30th best law school. Over the years, Emory University has also built up an impressive list of alumni, which includes former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley, five Pulitzer Prize winners, and four governors.
1. California Institute of Technology
Location: United States of America
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future. The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.
30. Texas A&M University Texarkana
Texas A&M University at Texarkana is just one of several public schools that are joined within the Texas A&M system statewide. And yet, Texarkana is within close proximity to residents not just of Texas, but of Louisiana and Arkansas as well. Although the school’s stature is characteristic of a large research university, it seeks to emulate the close-knit communities more often found at smaller schools. First Year students in particular receive special attention through initiatives like the FYE Monthly Social and the Eagle Passport – a fun way to keep track of your “travels” around campus and participation in school-sponsored events and organizations.
Net Price: $8,221/yr
50. SUNY at Fredonia
Fredonia, New York
Net Price: $15,756/yr
Total Score: 83.67
SUNY Fredonia is one of the most affordable colleges in New York. As part of its mission to encourage scholarly pursuits, artistic expression, and community engagement in all its students, Fredonia provides a wide selection of activities on and off campus. Dozens of degree programs in areas such as Applied Mathematics, Cooperative Engineering, Industrial Management, Music Therapy, and Sound Recording Technology – will keep you busy during class time, while more than a dozen athletic teams provide an fun pastime for players and spectators alike. And for students who prefer the arts scene, the Rockefeller Arts Center and the Marion Art Gallery support events year round.